Jaguars’ Minshew: ‘I think we do have a lot to prove’

 The expectations are not very high for the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2020. This is a team that lost a lot of talent over the past few seasons. Jacksonville traded away CB Jalen Ramsey to the Rams during the 2019 season. Also, they traded Pro Bowl DE Calais Campbell to the Ravens and moved QB Nick Foles to the Bears this offseason, so on some level, there is a youth movement in Jacksonville.

The quarterback that will lead this team will be second-year player Gardner Minshew. The former sixth-round pick will have every opportunity to be the franchise quarterback in Jacksonville, and unlike last season, Minshew will be the guy from day one, which he believes will be an advantage.

“I think you get to build those relationships, get a lot more timing with those guys,” Minshew said during a conference call on Thursday. “You can get to know what they like, and they kind of get to know what I like and build that trust there. I’m very excited for that. And even just now, being able to have those conversations with them — them being the receivers, tight ends, running backs, and linemen — I think that’s already given us a leg up from last year.”

Last season, as a rookie, Minshew threw 21 touchdowns and was 6-6 as a starter, and he is hoping to be even better in 2020.

“I’ve been trying to [improve] really every asset – bigger, faster, stronger,” Minshew said. “Really putting an emphasis on trying to figure out the best weight for me to have as much arm strength as possible, while maintaining as much speed.”

Minshew will also be learning a new offense this season, as the Jaguars brought in former Redskins head coach Jay Gruden to be the team’s new offensive coordinator. A new offensive coordinator means a new offense, and because of COVID-19, Minshew has to learn the offense virtually.

“Yeah, it’s different,” he said about learning the offense virtually. “When I was at Washington State, this was kind of the similar thing because I wasn’t there for the spring, so I had to a lot of it on my own, as well, but we’ve been fortunate. We’re meeting every day with Coach [Ben] McAdoo, Coach [Jay] Gruden and the other guys in the QB room and we’re all just helping each other and getting as good of work as we can, and I think you have to take ownership on our own, as well.”

While the expectations for the Jaguars might not be too high in 2020, Minshew hopes to use the low expectations to fuel him this season.

“I think it should put a chip on everybody’s shoulder on our team, know being kind of counted out like that,” he said. “I think we do have a lot to prove, prove that we are not what anybody says about us, the only people that really know, the only peoples whose opinions matter is who is in that huddle, who is on that team and I think we are going to set those expectations for ourselves and not worry about what anybody else has to say about us.”

No matter what happens with Minshew and Jacksonville, Minshew should be exciting, and if he and the team are successful, “Minshew Mania” will be in full effect. 

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Jaguars’ Thompson:  ‘I am excited to get back in my home state’

Jaguars RB Chris Thompson is coming home. Thompson signed a one-year deal with Jacksonville earlier this month. The Greenville, Florida native spent the first six seasons of his career with the Redskins. Thompson also went to college in Florida(Florida State).

The seven-year veteran is excited about the opportunity to play in front of family and friends.

‘That is one thing that I am super excited about, just to be back in my home state and be a lot closer to what I would say is my fanbase that has been there for years, even back to people that watched me play in high school,” Thompson recently said via a video conference call. “I am super excited about that, and then my family is an hour-and-a-half away now, so they will be able to come and watch me play and be able to spend some more time with me than they have been able to the past seven years. I think it will be good. I missed a lot of time, I missed a lot of holidays, and I will be able to make that time up. I am super excited about that. I just had a daughter, too. She is four months old, so I am happy about that and for my parents to be able to spend some time with her.”

For Thompson, playing in Jacksonville will reunite him with Jaguars offensive coordinator Jay Gruden, who was Thompson’s head coach in Washington from 2014-2019. Thompson believes that Gruden’s belief in him helped his career.

“He is one of the biggest reasons I was able to have the success that I had in Washington and to be able to stick around there,” Thompson said. “The first year he got there, I was on the practice squad. I ended up being cut and put on the practice squad, but he talked to me afterwards for a while after the last preseason game and told me what the situation was. He let me know from day one – [he said] ‘I know this is going to be a hard year for you. You are probably mad and upset at everybody because you got cut, but I want you to come back here because I know the type of player you can be. I know you are going to play a bigger part in the future here with Washington, and I know you will be able to have a great impact on this team and on the players on this team.’ He had that talk with me, and I really appreciated that. That was one reason why I ended up coming back and spending that practice squad year with Washington. It was tough, but having him and knowing that he had my back, it really meant a lot. Throughout this whole process and all my time there in Washington, he believed in me. He gave me every single opportunity that he possibly could. Me coming here to Jacksonville with him being one of, I guess, two guys — with [Tyler] Eifert also — being familiar with his offense. It is good for me and him to be able to help the younger guys be able to grasp this offense and know what Jay is expecting from his playmakers.”

The 29-year-old Thompson is a reliable pass-catcher out of the backfield, and in 2017, Thompson had career-highs in receiving yards(510) and touchdowns(4). He has had over 40 receptions three times in his career, so expect Thompson to continue his pass-catching ways with the Jaguars in 2020.

 

Pederson: ‘I have a ton of confidence in Nate(Sudfeld) to become the backup quarterback’

As we learned over the past three seasons, the backup quarterback position is a big deal for the Philadelphia Eagles. Carson Wentz has missed time in the past three seasons, and while he played all 16 games for the Eagles in 2019, Wentz suffered an injury against the Seahawks in the playoffs, and without him, Philadelphia would lose to Seattle in the wild card round.

Barring anything dramatic, and despite Philadelphia selecting QB Jalen Hurts in the second round of this year’s draft, it appears that Nate Sudfeld will be the backup quarterback for the Eagles in 2020. And with some changes to the offseason due to COVID-19, Sudfeld, who has been with Philadelphia for the past three seasons, knows the Eagles’ offense,  which, according to Eagles head coach Doug Pederson, will benefit Sudfeld in 2020.

“I think early on in this season, this becomes a veteran-laden football season,” Pederson said during a video conference call on Tuesday. “Football teams are going to have to rely on their veteran players, and Nate is one of those guys for us. He’s been on our roster the last couple of seasons, and he knows exactly what we are doing. I have a ton of confidence in Nate to become the backup quarterback. Nothing is ever handed to anybody, and we always try to create, I always try to create competition at every position, and quarterback, as you guys know, is not exempt from that. But I fully expect Nate to come in and be aggressive and do the things that he’s capable of doing, and become the backup to [QB] Carson [Wentz].”

Regarding Hurts, Pederson had this to say.

“And then with Jalen(Hurts), Jalen is about, right now, just learning and picking up our system, and he’s another one, another young player that we drafted who, there’s a lot to learn from the quarterback position,” he said. “So, are we going to take it a little bit slower maybe with him until he grasps the offense? You might have to. What I like about it is always the unknown, and the unknown is how well a guy, I think, can progress. And then once we get him on the grass, put him through drills, put him through practices, then we see exactly what these guys are all about.

“Right now, Jalen is doing an outstanding job of picking up the offense, spitting it back to [Eagles Passing Game Coordinator/Quarterbacks Coach] Press [Taylor], and understanding what we are trying to get done, and we go that route with him right now at this time.”

This is an excellent opportunity for the 26-year-old Sudfeld. However, if things go the way Philadelphia wants things to go with Wentz, Sudfeld will never see the field in 2020. 

Vikings’ Harris signs franchise tag

Minnesota Vikings S Anthony Harris signed the franchise tender, the team announced today.

The 28-year-old Harris will make a guaranteed $11.4  million in 2020.

Harris, who started a career-high 14 games for the Vikings last season, led all safeties in interceptions with a career-best six in 2019. The former Virginia Cavalier originally signed with Minnesota as an undrafted free agent in 2015 and has appeared in 65 games with 31 starts, totaling nine interceptions, 21 passes defensed, one forced fumble and four fumble recoveries in his career.

The six-year veteran earned his lone career NFC Defensive Player of the Week award in Week 1 of the 2019 season when securing five tackles, two interceptions and one fumble recovery against the Atlanta Falcons at U.S. Bank Stadium on September 8, 2019.

Minnesota and Harris have until July 15 to come together on a long-term deal.

Jags’ Eifert on Minshew: ‘He seems like a guy that the offense wants to rally behind’

If it were not clear before, it’s obvious now that the Jacksonville Jaguars are giving Gardner Minshew every opportunity to become the team’s franchise quarterback. That became pretty clear when the team traded Nick Foles to the Bears, did not go after Cam Newton, and signed Mike Glennon to backup Minshew. 

To help Minshew, the Jaguars signed former Bengals TE Tyler Eifert in March, and while Eifert has not seen a lot of the second-year quarterback, he was impressed by what he saw.  

“I have not watched a lot of tape on him, but obviously I saw last year with the mania going on,” Eifert said via a video conference call on Thursday. “He seems like a guy that the offense wants to rally behind. He seems like he is kind of a fearless leader, and you need that when you are on the field, and the bullets are flying, and things are not going your way. You need that kind of guy that is going to take charge of the huddle and be like, ‘We got this.’ I think it will be fun to see his growth from Year 1 to Year 2, and I’m excited to get to work with him.”

Eifert is correct. It did appear that the team rallied around Minshew, as evident by his three game-winning drives in 2019. Also, the team was .500 with Minshew, who went 6-6 as a starter last season. 

Ultimately, If Minshew wants ‘the mania” to go beyond this year, he will have to play just as good, if not better, than he played as a rookie. Otherwise, the Jaguars will probably go in a different direction. 

Jones on replacing Eli in 2019: ‘It probably was a little bit awkward at certain times’

Going into the 2019 NFL season, the New York Giants were looking to give Eli Manning one last chance to get the team on the right track, but after starting the season 0-2, New York decided they had seen enough. The Giants would replace Manning with the sixth overall pick in the 2019 draft, Daniel Jones. 

Replacing Manning was a tricky thing for all parties involved, and Manning recently said in an interview that he thought the situation was awkward. The 22-year-old Jones agreed with Manning, which he discussed on Wednesday.

“I think looking back, it probably was a little bit awkward at certain times,” Jones said during a video conference call. “But we did a good job working together. I know I enjoyed working with him and certainly learned a ton from him and appreciate everything he did during that year. I don’t know. It certainly will be different, like we’re saying. Different in the room. But I really enjoyed working with Eli last year. I thought it was a huge advantage for me to be able to learn from him and talk to him every day. It will be different, it will be an adjustment, but I’m looking forward to this year and this team we have.”

The Giants are now Jones’ team. Fortunately for the second-year quarterback, Manning has since retired. In 2020, Jones will have an opportunity to establish himself as one of the leaders of the Giants, and with Manning enjoying retirement, it should be easier for Jones to make that happen. 

Giants’ Judge: ‘The fans are a huge part of this game, and we definitely want them there’

With sports on lockdown, many are hoping and wishing that it would come back sooner than later. However, if games do return, it will probably be without fans.

The NBA, which suspended their season on March 11, has been talking about a return, but it will reportedly be without fans and possibly only in two locations. While sports without fans is not ideal, it might be the only way we get games in any sport in 2020. 

According to New York Giants head coach Joe Judge, the Giants will prepare for anything, but the hope is to play in front of fans. 

“I think the one thing the league is being very considerate of is everybody’s safety,” Judge said via a videoconference call on Tuesday. “Players, fans, and everybody. I don’t think anyone wants to play in front of empty stadiums. The fans are a huge part of this game. Playing in front of stadiums, that’s where the juice and the energy comes from on a weekly basis. We don’t have fans at practice, so we prepare them every day without people watching. These guys have to go out, and they will be prepared for whatever the situation is. Truly, we want the fans there. It would be a different atmosphere. We prepare for whatever, but the fans are a huge part of this game, and we definitely want them there.”

It will be odd watching sports without fans, but based on how things are going, it’s hard to imagine NFL games with fans in the stands in 2020.

Complete schedule for every AFC team

With all the heartbreak and uncertainty going on with COVID-19, the NFL has kept people engaged. Whether it’s through free agency or the draft, fans have had something to watch during this slow time in sports. 

On Thursday, the NFL gave us more excitement as they announced the schedule for the upcoming season. Whether the schedule will go as planned, is another story, but for now, we think about the possibilities. 

Here are the complete schedules for all the teams in the AFC:

AFC East Regular-Season Schedule

AFC North Regular-Season Schedule

AFC West Regular-Season Schedule

AFC South Regular-Season Schedule

Complete schedule for every team in NFC

The NFL announced its complete schedule for the 2020 season on Thursday night. At this point, the season is expected to start on time, but with COVID-19, things could change quickly.

Here are the complete schedules for each team in the NFC:

NFC South Regular-Season Schedule

NFC West Regular-Season Schedule

NFC East Regular-Season Schedule

NFC North Regular-Season Schedule

 

Giants’ Judge: ‘I’ll tell you what, when you get the schedule, it definitely does give you a little surge of energy’

Two Monday night home games – the season-opener against Pittsburgh and another vs. Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers – and a visit by the defending NFC champion San Francisco 49ers highlight the Giants’ 2020 regular-season schedule, which was announced today.

It is the first time the Giants will host two Monday night games in the same season in the 51-year history of Monday Night Football.

The Giants will play their first road game in Chicago, the first time since 2014 that their first road contest won’t be in Dallas. They will play their Thursday night game in Philadelphia, twice travel to the west coast (to face the Los Angeles Rams and Seattle Seahawks) and end the season at home against the Dallas Cowboys.

“I’ll tell you what, when you get the schedule, it definitely does give you a little surge of energy,” first-year head coach Joe Judge said. “It stimulates a lot of conversation between all areas of the organization – support staff, coaching staff — and you start preparing immediately for it.

“The number one positive is we’re getting ready to play football, so that’s the biggest thing. Once you get the schedule, it starts moving a little bit faster in your mind in terms of preparing for what’s in front of you. The thing we were waiting to see a little bit on was how some of the cross-country games played out. That ties in a little bit to how you plan out a lot of your travel for the year, which is tied to how you practice those weeks. You start mapping out how you’re going to go about each week by week through the season.

“We can start working on hotels and you start having more conversations that are going to tie into how you’re going to plan and prepare throughout the flow of the season. You look at the bye week, you look at how shortly before that is the Thursday night game, which leads into a Monday night game. How can you use some of the breaks in the season to help your players? How can we structure practice accordingly? You’re also tying in the new rules with our limited number of padded practices. You just start calculating as you look on down the list of opponents.”

Since Tom Coughlin became head coach in 2004, the Giants have traditionally traveled to the west coach the day prior to a game. Based on his eight seasons with New England, when will Judge take the Giants to L.A. and Seattle?

“I’d say for the most part, historically, we’ve gone out on Fridays and given them an extra day to get out there and get acclimated to a few things,” he said. “But that’s nothing that’s locked in concrete. We’ll talk as a coaching staff and make sure we hammer what we think is best for this team. To be honest with you, we’ll have a game plan to go out there early and be prepared to cancel the extra day if we need to as we get a feel for how our team goes throughout the season.”

Judge will make his head coaching debut on Monday, Sept. 14 in MetLife Stadium against the Pittsburgh Steelers at 7:15 p.m. It will be the Giants’ first Monday night season opener since 2014, when they lost in Detroit (which is also the last time their first road game was somewhere other than Dallas); their first Monday night home opener since 1995, when they lost to Dallas; and the first time their opening home game will be played on a Monday night since 2011, when they defeated the St. Louis Rams in Week 2.

Judge was asked if his first game will be particularly special because it will be showcased on a Monday night.

“For me, any game is going to have the same amount of juice,” he said. “I think everyone is going to have a lot of energy for the opener, us and Pittsburgh. It’s going to be a situation where look, you get to play under the lights, you get to play at home. But it’s the opening game for both teams. Both teams will be coming out of training camp sick of beating up on each other and ready to see an opponent.”

On Sunday, Sept. 20, the Giants will begin their road schedule when they visit the Chicago Bears for the second consecutive year. Kickoff is 1 p.m. Last Nov. 24, the Giants lost in Soldier Field, 19-14.

One week later, also at 1 p.m., the Giants host the 49ers, who lost Super Bowl LIV to the Kansas City Chiefs, 31-20. San Francisco will visit MetLife for the first time since 2015.

The Giants begin a two-game road trip when they face the Rams in brand new SoFi Stadium on Sunday, Oct. 4 at 4:05 p.m. The following week, the Giants play their first NFC East game when they visit the Cowboys in Arlington, Texas at 4:25 p.m. That will be the first of five division matchups in a six-game span.

“It doesn’t matter if they’re in a row or spaced out, division games are obviously big for you,” Judge said. “Those are key opponents. It definitely jumps out at you that you have five of those in six weeks and only having a couple of weeks in between each of the opponents with the Redskins and Philly. That’s sometimes a different flavor in terms of how much change can happen within those couple of weeks. How much the opponent’s done differently, how much have you adjusted. That plays more into it than just having a string of division opponents.”

The Giants return home on Sunday, Oct. 18, when they host the Washington Redskins at 1 p.m. Four days later, they will be in Lincoln Financial Field to face the defending NFC East champion Eagles at 8:20 p.m.

After an 11-day break, Brady and the Buccaneers provide the opposition for the Giants’ second Monday night home game of the season on Nov. 2 at 8:15 p.m. Judge, of course, spent the previous eight seasons working with Brady as a member of the Patriots staff.

“I think we’ll be very aware of Tom being on the other team,” Judge said. “At that point of the year, I’m sure everyone is going to get used to him wearing a different color jersey. I’m in a different jersey myself. We’re more conscious of the opponents we’ll be playing. The Buccaneers have a very good defense, they have tons of receivers, tons of weapons, and they made some great additions in the offseason with Tom and Rob (Gronkowski). Seeing those guys over there, no matter where our paths may have crossed in the past, all that’s going to matter is that Monday night.”

The Giants will travel on a short week for the third time for their next game, a rematch with the Redskins in FedExField on Sunday, Nov. 8 at 1 p.m. The following week, they again face a division foe for the second time in four games when they host the Eagles at 1 o’clock.

“Whether it’s a short week or a long week, we’re going to do everything we can to just line it up and get prepared for our opponents regardless of if you play them on a short week or you play them home or away,” Judge said. “I don’t think we really want to make too much of the length of the weeks. It is what it is. You’re fortunate to be able to play in some primetime games. You’re lucky to be able to be under the lights. We’ll just make sure we prepare for those teams a little bit more on the front end to account for a day or so after the game.”

In Week 11 – which includes Sunday, Nov. 22 – the Giants will have their bye. It is the third consecutive season the Giants’ bye is in November.

“Look, it’s a long season,” Judge said. “Wherever you fit that bye in, you’re going to have to find ways to structure your team and how you practice and prepare to account for guys through attrition, through injuries, your guys getting worn down. You have to find ways throughout the year, regardless of when your bye comes, of managing your team. You look at it more in terms of just when it falls and what the stretch looks like afterwards. I’ve had very, very early byes. We’ve had late byes. I think where our bye is right now is a good spot for it. But at the same time, you have a long stretch of games before and you have a lot of tough opponents after it. That bye week is not going to do a whole lot for you when the whistles blow on Sundays.”

When they return to action, it will be to start another two-game trip. On Sunday, Nov. 29, the Giants visit the Bengals in Cincinnati at 1 p.m. The following week, they return to the west coast to play the Seattle Seahawks in CenturyLink Field at 4:05 p.m.

The kickoff for each of the Giants’ final four games, including three at home, is scheduled for 1 p.m.

“I don’t think too much about if it’s a home or away game,” Judge said. “I look at it more as the opponent we have to play. They are all teams that have a lot of explosive qualities on their offense and tough defenses. I’m looking more at who the team is as opposed to where we’re playing them.”

The final quarter of the season begins on Sunday, Dec. 13, when the Arizona Cardinals visit MetLife for the second straight year. Last Oct. 20, the Giants dropped a 27-21 decision to the Cards.

One week later, former Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham, Jr. and the Cleveland Browns play in MetLife.

The Giants play their final road game of the season on Sunday, Dec. 27, against the defending AFC North champion Ravens in Baltimore.

Dallas provides the opposition for the final regular-season game on Jan. 3 in MetLife.

Some highlights from the Giants’ 2020 schedule:

*The Giants twice play back-to-back road games: Oct. 4 and 11 at the Rams and Dallas; and Nov. 29 and Dec. 6 at Cincinnati and Seattle. They play consecutive home games just once, Dec. 13 and 20 vs. Arizona and Cleveland.

*Five of the Giants’ first 10 games are against NFC East opponents and they are within a six-week span. They finish their season series against both Washington and Philadelphia by Nov. 15, the first time they will conclude their seasonal rivalry with two division foes so early since 1998, when they were finished with the Redskins and Cowboys by Nov. 8.

*In 2020, the NFC East plays the NFC West and the AFC North. Because they finished third in the NFC East, the Giants host the third-place team from the NFC South (Tampa Bay) and visit the third-place team from the NFC North (Chicago). Last season, the NFC West had two playoff teams (conference champion San Francisco and Seattle) and the AFC North had one (Baltimore, the conference’s top seed, which lost in the divisional round to Tennessee).

*The NFC West was the only one of the league’s eight divisions that had three teams over .500. The 49ers were 13-3, the Seahawks finished 11-5 and the Los Angeles Rams were 9-7. The four teams were a combined 38-25-1, a .602 percentage that made it the NFL’s winningest division last year. The four AFC North teams were 30-34. a .469 winning percentage that was the second-lowest in the league (to the NFC East’s .375) and the lowest in the AFC.

*The Giants play five games against 2018 playoff teams: Philadelphia twice, plus San Francisco, Seattle, and Baltimore.

*The Giants play three teams with new head coaches, including two in the NFC East: Dallas (Mike McCarthy), Washington (Ron Rivera) and Cleveland (Kevin Stefanski).

*When the Giants visit the Rams on Oct. 4 in SoFi Stadium, they will play their first game in Los Angeles since Oct. 16, 1994, when they lost, 17-10, a year before the Rams began their 21-year stay in St. Louis.

*The Giants are 25-41-1 on Monday nights, including 9-11 at home.

*This is the third consecutive season the Giants play two Monday night games. In 2019, they lost to Dallas at home and Philadelphia on the road. Two years ago, they lost to Atlanta and defeated the 49ers, both on the road.

*The Giants will face Brady, the six-time Super Bowl winner, in prime time for the second year in a row. Last Oct. 10, they lost a Thursday night game in New England, 35-14, in Brady’s last of 20 seasons with the Patriots.

*The Giants are 4-6 in Thursday night games since 2009, including 2-5 on the road.

*The Giants will play their final regular-season game at home for the fourth consecutive season and the eighth time in nine years.

*“Flexible scheduling” will be used in Weeks 11-17. The Giants will have their bye in the first of those weeks. Under flex scheduling, game times can be changed, and games currently scheduled to be played on Sunday afternoon can be moved to Sunday night on NBC. Flexible scheduling will not be applied to games that are played on Thursday or Monday nights.

Additionally, in Weeks 5-10, flexible scheduling may be used in no more than two weeks. In Weeks 5-16, the NFL schedule lists the games tentatively set for Sunday Night Football on NBC. Only Sunday afternoon games are eligible to be moved to Sunday night, in which case the tentatively scheduled Sunday night game would be moved to an afternoon start time.

For Week 17, the Sunday night game will be announced no later than six days prior to January 3. The schedule does not list a Sunday night game in Week 17, but an afternoon game with playoff implications will be moved to that time slot.  Flexible scheduling ensures quality matchups in all Sunday time slots in those weeks and gives “surprise” teams a chance to play their way into primetime.

In each of Weeks 15 and 16, up to three of five designated matchups will be played on Saturday with the remainder to be played on Sunday. Specific dates and start times for such designated Week 15 and Week 16 matchups will be determined and announced no later than four weeks prior to game day.

*The Giants also revealed their preseason opponents – the Jets, Tennessee, Green Bay and New England. Specific dates and times will be announced at a later date.

This year, the Giants do not play any of their preseason opponents in the regular season.

“I think we have four great opponents to go against in the preseason,” said Judge. “They’re all going to show you something different you have to adjust to and get the team ready for.”

In Preseason Week 1 (Aug. 13-17), the Giants visit the Jets. It will be the second consecutive August – and just the fourth time in their preseason rivalry – the teams will square off in the opener. They also did so in 1983 and 2010, the latter in the first NFL game in MetLife Stadium.

This will be the 52nd consecutive summer in which the Giants and Jets will meet since the series began in 1969. The Giants have won the four previous preseason meetings, including 31-22 last year, to tie the annual series, 25-25-1. The tie was in 1972.

The Giants are 37-30-3 in preseason openers since 1950.

The Giants are on the road in Preseason Week 2 (Aug. 20-24), when they visit the Tennessee Titans. The franchises met four times in the preseason from 1971-90, when the Titans played in Houston and were called the Houston Oilers. The Giants won that 1990 meeting in the Astrodome, 13-10. The teams met in the annual Hall of Fame Game in Canton, Ohio, in 1985, a 21-20 Giants victory. The Oilers won the first two games in the preseason series.

The Giants play in MetLife Stadium as the home team for the first time in Preseason Week 3 (Aug. 27-30) when they host the Green Bay Packers. It will be the teams’ first preseason matchup since Aug. 22, 1997, when the Packers defeated the Giants in Madison, Wis., 22-17.

The Giants and Packers met every preseason from 1952-66 in cities as varied as Milwaukee, Boston, Bangor and Spokane. This will be their second preseason meeting in New Jersey; on Aug. 22, 1960, the Packers defeated the Giants, 16-7, in Jersey City. Green Bay leads the preseason series, 15-8-1.

For the 16th consecutive summer, the Giants face the New England Patriots in their preseason finale (on Sept. 3 or 4 in MetLife). Last year, Kyle Lauletta threw a 14-yard touchdown pass to Alonzo Russell on the game’s final play to give the Giants a 31-29 victory.

The Giants lead the preseason series, 19-10. The two teams first met in the preseason in 1971.

In 2019, the Giants were 4-0 in preseason play, defeating the Jets, Bears, Bengals and Patriots.

Week 1
Pittsburgh Steelers
MetLife Stadium
Monday, Sept. 14, 7:15 p.m., ESPN

Pittsburgh’s 2019 record: 8-8, AFC North second place
Series Record: Regular season: Giants lead, 44-30-3
Pittsburgh won the last two and three of the last four games in the series, which began in 1933. The teams will meet for the first time since Dec. 4, 2016, when the Steelers raced out to a 14-0 halftime lead on their way to a 24-14 victory. They last faced each other in MetLife on Nov. 4, 2012, when Pittsburgh scored 14 unanswered points in the fourth quarter for a come-from-behind 24-20 triumph. The teams met every season from 1933 through 1969, except when the series was interrupted by World War II in 1943 and 44. Since the Steelers moved to the AFC in the 1970 merger they have played only 10 times, six in New Jersey and four in Pittsburgh. The Steelers lead in those games, 6-4.

Week 2
Chicago Bears
Soldier Field
Sunday, Sept. 20, 1 p.m., CBS

Chicago’s 2019 record: 8-8, NFC North third place
Series Record: Regular season: Giants trail, 29-21-2; Postseason: Giants trail, 5-3
The Giants and Bears will face each other for the third consecutive season and the second year in a row in Chicago. Last Nov. 24, the Giants led at halftime, 7-3, but allowed 16 unanswered points in the third quarter and lost, 19-14. On Dec. 2, 2018, the Giants earned a 30-27 overtime triumph in MetLife Stadium. The Bears scored 10 points in the final 1:13 of the fourth quarter to tie the game. Saquon Barkley’s 29-yard run on the first play of overtime set up Aldrick Rosas’ game-winning 44-yard field goal. These teams first played each other in 1925, making this the Giants’ oldest active series (the Giants’ first-ever road victory was in Chicago on Dec. 13, 1925).

Week 3
San Francisco 49ers
MetLife Stadium
Sunday, Sept. 27, 1 p.m., FOX

San Francisco’s 2019 record: 13-3, NFC West first place, NFC champions
Series Record: Regular season: Giants lead, 17-16; Postseason: Tied, 4-4
The Giants and 49ers have split their last four games dating back to 2014, with each team winning once at home and once on the road. They last faced each other on Monday night, Nov. 12, 2018 in Santa Clara, where Eli Manning’s three-yard touchdown pass to Sterling Shepard with 53 seconds remaining in the game capped a 75-yard drive and gave the Giants a 27-23 victory. The touchdown pass was the 350th of Manning’s career. The 49ers beat the Giants the previous season in Levi’s Stadium, 31-21. The teams split two games in MetLife in 2014 and 2015. How close is this series? The teams have met 41 times combined in the regular season and postseason. The Giants have 21 victories, the 49ers have 20. In those 41 games, they are separated by only five points (Giants 843, 49ers 838).

Week 4
Los Angeles Rams
SoFi Stadium
Sunday, Oct. 4, 4:05 p.m., FOX

Los Angeles’ 2019 record: 9-7, NFC West third place
Series Record: Regular season: Giants trail, 26-16; Postseason: Tied, 1-1
The Giants visit brand new SoFi Stadium for the first time and play their first game in Los Angeles in 26 years when they face the Rams. The teams last met Nov. 5, 2017, when the Rams led by as many as 38 points on their way to a 51-17 victory. That ended the Giants’ seven-game winning streak in the series; they had defeated the Rams in 2002, 2003, 2005, 2008, 2011, 2014, and 2016, a stretch of success that immediately followed five consecutive Rams victories in the series. The Giants were 3-10 in regular-season games and 1-0 in the playoffs in Los Angeles when they Rams were based there from 1946-94.

Week 5
Dallas Cowboys
AT&T Stadium
Sunday, Oct. 11, 4:25 p.m., CBS
Week 17
MetLife Stadium
Sunday, Jan. 3, 1 p.m., FOX*

Dallas’ 2019 record: 8-8, NFC East second place
Series Record: Regular season: Giants trail, 68-45-2; Postseason: Giants lead, 1-0
In 2019, the Cowboys swept the Giants for the third consecutive season. The Giants opened their season on Sept. 8 in Dallas, the fifth year in a row their first road game was in AT&T Stadium. After taking an early 7-0 lead, the Giants didn’t score another touchdown until 2:49 remained in the game and lost, 35-17. Saquon Barkley rushed for 120 yards and Eli Manning threw for 306 yards and a touchdown. In the Monday night rematch on Nov. 4, the Giants trailed by a single point after three quarters, but were outscored in the fourth, 21-3 and lost in MetLife, 37-18. It was the most points they allowed all season. The Giants have swept the season series 13 times, while Dallas has 23 series sweeps. The Giants are 20-37-1 in Dallas (5-6 in AT&T Stadium), while the Cowboys are 5-5 vs. the Giants in MetLife Stadium.

Week 6
Washington Redskins
MetLife Stadium
Sunday Oct. 18, 1 p.m., FOX
Week 9
FedExField
Sunday, Nov. 8, 1 p.m., FOX

Washington’s 2019 record: 3-13, NFC East fourth place
Series Record: Regular season: Giants lead, 102-68-4; Postseason: Tied, 1-1
The Giants last year swept the season series for the first time since 2014, ending a four-year streak which saw the teams split their two games. On Sept. 29, Daniel Jones threw for 225 yards and a touchdown in his first start in MetLife Stadium and the Giants allowed a season-low point total in a 24-3 victory. Jones threw a franchise rookie-record five touchdown passes in the rematch in FedExField on Dec. 22, when the Giants held three separate 14-point leads before winning in overtime, 41-35. The Giants have faced the Redskins 174 times in the regular season since their first game in 1932, making this their most frequently-contested rivalry. They are 7-3 vs. Washington in MetLife and 13-9-1 in FedExField. The Giants have swept the season series 33 times.

Week 7
Philadelphia Eagles
Lincoln Financial Field
Thursday, Oct. 22, 8:20 p.m., FOX/NFLN/Amazon
Week 10
MetLife Stadium
Sunday, Nov. 15, 1 p.m., FOX

Philadelphia’s 2019 record: 9-7, NFC East first place
Series Record: Regular season: Giants trail, 85-83-2; Postseason: Tied, 2-2
The Eagles swept the season series in 2019 for the third year in a row and the fifth time in six seasons to take the lead in the all-time series. Philadelphia has won its last seven games vs. the Giants. On Monday night, Dec. 9, the Giants jumped out to a 17-3 halftime lead, but the Eagles scored one touchdown in both the third and fourth quarters before Zach Ertz’s second two-yard touchdown reception with 4:50 elapsed in overtime gave the home team a 23-17 victory. The teams met again in the season finale in MetLife Stadium on Dec. 29. Saquon Barkley’s 68-yard touchdown run tied the score late in the third quarter, but the Eagles got a pair of two-yard scoring runs by Boston Scott and scored 17 unanswered points in the final quarter to win, 34-17. The Giants are 2-8 against the Eagles in MetLife (plus 0-1 in the postseason). They have lost their last six games in The Linc, where they are 6-11 in the regular season and 0-1 in postseason play.

Week 8
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
MetLife Stadium
Monday, Nov. 2, 8:15 p.m., ESPN

Tampa Bay’s 2019 record: 7-9, NFC South third place
Series Record: Regular season: Giants lead, 15-7; Postseason: Giants lead, 1-0
The Giants and Buccaneers will meet for the fourth year in a row and the fifth time in six seasons. The last three games between the teams were decided by a total of six points. On Sept. 22, 2019, the Giants edged the Bucs in Raymond James Stadium, 32-31. Daniel Jones started his first game at quarterback and threw for 336 yards and two touchdowns and ran for two more scores, including the seven-yard game-winner with 1:16 remaining in the game. The previous game was Nov. 18 in MetLife Stadium, the Giants held a 17-point third-quarter lead before holding on for a 38-35 victory. And on Oct. 1, 2017 in Tampa, Nick Folk kicked a 34-yard field goal as time expired to give the Bucs a 25-23 victory.

Week 11: Bye

Week 12
Cincinnati Bengals
Paul Brown Stadium
Sunday, Nov. 29, 1 p.m., FOX*

Cincinnati’s 2019 record: 2-14, AFC North fourth place
Series Record: Regular season: Giants trail, 6-4
The home team has won all 10 games in this series and the teams have alternated victories in their last five meetings dating back to 1997. The Giants won that season and in 2008 and 2016, and the Bengals won in 2004 and 2012. They most recently met on Monday night, Nov. 14, 2016, when Eli Manning’s third touchdown pass of the game, a three-yarder to Sterling Shepard early in the fourth quarter, held up for a 21-20 victory. The Giants didn’t fare as well in their last road game vs. the Bengals, losing 31-13 on Nov. 11, 2012, a defeat that left them 0-6 in Cincinnati.

Week 13
Seattle Seahawks
CenturyLink Field
Sunday, Dec. 6, 4:05 p.m., FOX*

Seattle’s 2019 record: 11-5, NFC West second place
Series Record: Regular season: Series tied, 9-9
The Seahawks have a four-game winning streak in the series, with victories in 2011, 2013, 2014 and 2017, with only the 2014 game in Seattle. The teams last met on Oct. 22, 2017, when the Giants’ early seven-point lead dissolved as Russell Wilson threw for 334 yards and three touchdowns to secure a 24-7 victory. The Giants and Seahawks last faced each other in Seattle on Nov. 9, 2014, a 38-17 victory for the home team. Marshawn Lynch ran for four touchdowns in that game. The Giants are 3-5 in Seattle, including 1-3 since CenturyLink opened in 2002.

Week 14
Arizona Cardinals
MetLife Stadium
Sunday, Dec. 13, 1 p.m., FOX*

Arizona’s 2019 record: 5-10-1, NFC West fourth place
Series Record: Regular season: Giants lead, 80-45-2
The Cardinals will meet the Giants in MetLife for the second year in a row. Arizona has won the last three games in the series, and in each of its last three visits to East Rutherford. On Oct. 20, 2019, the Cardinals earned a 27-21 victory behind Chase Edmonds’ three rushing touchdowns – a pair of 20-yarders in the first quarter and a 22-yarder in the third. Arizona jumped out to a 17-0 lead that the Giants cut to three points by halftime. But the visitors outscored the Giants in the second half, 10-7, to secure the victory. The Cardinals also beat the Giants in Arizona in 2017 and in New Jersey in 2009 and 2014. The Giants’ most recent victory in the series was in State Farm Stadium in 2011. From 1970-2002, the Giants and Cardinals were both members of the NFC East.

Week 15
Cleveland Browns
MetLife Stadium
Sunday, Dec. 20, 1 p.m., CBS*

Cleveland’s 2019 record: 6-10, AFC North third place
Series Record: Regular season: Giants trail, 26-21-2; Postseason: Tied, 1-1
The Giants won their last two and six of their last seven games against the Browns dating back to 1991. The teams last met on Nov. 27, 2016, when three Eli Manning touchdown passes, including two to Odell Beckham, Jr., keyed a 27-13 victory. The Giants and Browns most recently met in New Jersey on Oct. 7, 2012, when the home team overcame an early 14-0 deficit and rallied to win, 41-27. Manning threw three touchdown passes, all to Victor Cruz. From 1950-69, the Giants and Browns had one of the NFL’s greatest rivalries, playing each other twice each season (except for 1968). Since the Browns moved to the AFC in the 1970 merger, they have played each other only 10 times (the Giants own a 6-4 advantage).

Week 16
Baltimore Ravens
M&T Bank Stadium
Sunday, Dec. 27, 1 p.m., FOX*

Baltimore’s 2019 record: 14-2, AFC North first place
Series Record: Regular season: Giants trail, 3-2; Postseason: Giants trail, 1-0
The Giants haven’t won in Baltimore since Sept. 15, 1963, when they defeated the Colts, 37-28. Of course, they’ve since played there just twice, losing to the Ravens in 2004 and 2012. The teams last met on Oct. 16, 2016, when Eli Manning threw a 66-yard touchdown pass to Odell Beckham, Jr. with 1:24 remaining to give the Giants a 27-23 victory. In their most recent meeting in Baltimore, on Dec. 23, 2012, the Giants lost, 33-14, as the Ravens gained 533 yards (309 passing, 224 on the ground), and owned the ball for more than 39 minutes. Baltimore also defeated the Giants, 34-7, in Super Bowl XXXV on Jan. 28, 2001 in Tampa. The teams met in the preseason every year from 1996-2007 and again in 2010. The Ravens lead that series, 7-5.

*Game subject to flex scheduling.

Preseason

Pre 1 – Aug. 13-17 at N.Y. Jets TBD TBD

Pre 2 – Aug. 20-24 at Tennessee TBD TBD

Pre 3 – Aug. 27-30 Green Bay TBD TBD

Pre 4 – Sep. 3-4 New England TBD TBD

Regular Season

Weel 1 – Sep. 14 Pittsburgh Steelers (Mon) 7:15 PM ESPN

Week 2 – Sep. 20 at Chicago Bears 1:00 PM CBS

Week 3 – Sep. 27 San Francisco 49ers 1:00 PM FOX

Week 4 – Oct. 4 at Los Angeles Rams 4:05 PM FOX

Week 5 – Oct. 11 at Dallas Cowboys 4:25 PM CBS

Week 6 – Oct. 18 Washington Redskins 1:00 PM FOX

Week 7 – Oct. 22 at Philadelphia Eagles (Thu) 8:20 PM FOX/NFLN/Amazon**

Week 8 – Nov. 2 Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Mon) 8:15 PM ESPN

Week 9 – Nov. 8 at Washington Redskins 1:00 PM FOX

Week 10 – Nov. 15 Philadelphia Eagles 1:00 PM FOX

Week 11 BYE

Week 12 – Nov. 29 at Cincinnati Bengals 1:00 PM FOX

Week 13 – Dec. 6 at Seattle Seahawks 4:05 PM FOX

Week 14 – Dec. 13 Arizona Cardinals 1:00 PM FOX

Week 15 – Dec. 20 Cleveland Browns 1:00 PM CBS

Week 16 – Dec. 27 at Baltimore Ravens 1:00 PM FOX

Week 17 – Jan. 3 Dallas Cowboys 1:00 PM FOX